Merry & Bright Homespun Christmas Card

Hi friends!  Miriam here today to share a card using some older N&T holiday products. 

This card features the Star Cover Plate.  This design can be very modern, but can also take on a homespun, quilted feel.  Today I chose to go with the latter.  

I pulled out a very old 6x6 pad (Pink Paislee's Merry & Bright collection), and picked out a couple more neutral prints - one with small sprays of flowers/leaves and one with a sheet music background.  I also chose an almost solid red print, with some quilted looking stars on it, and cut the cover using each of these patterns.

Just like with quilting, you can get very different looks just based on which prints you choose to use in each part of your pattern.  Since I wanted a more neutral look, I used the red print in the center stars since that's the shape that gets used least.  

The pieces were inlaid into my 'webbing'.  This part is a little fiddly, but the results are so pretty it's worth it. 

I had inlaid all the pieces into the webbing from the print with the little sprays of flowers, but I thought the design wasn't standing out enough.  To remedy the situation, I cut the cover again from some white cardstock that is a bit thinner than my normal card base cardstock.  This was adhered over top of the inlaid design.  To really make sure it was adhered well, I ran the entire piece through my Big Shot between the cutting plates.  This is one of my go-to trips when creating inlaid cards as it helps to make sure everything is tightly adhered.  As you can see, you can't really tell that I added that extra layer of cardstock webbing.

For the sentiment, I used the Merry & Bright sentiment dies.  I love these.  When it comes to holiday cards, if I've got a really pretty background that I don't want to cover up too much of, this is what I reach for.

The sentiment was cut from red cardstock and adhered to the sentiment outline piece cut from white cardstock.  The entire piece was then popped up over my background.

Since there are plenty of pieces of patterned paper left after creating this card, you could definitely crank out two more...that is if your dog hadn't decided to take a stroll through your workspace (the floor) scattering pieces everywhere....

That's all for me today.  Thanks for stopping by!


  1. What a beautiful card! I love how you used the red paper for the center stars. :)

  2. What a lovely card! I love the red print stars with the more neutral paper surrounding the center stars. :)

  3. Such a beautiful card, Miriam! I love all the paper piecing and the different patterns of paper. It's a gorgeous die and so versatile.


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